The Coast Guard is taking applicants for membership on the Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee. This committee provides advice and recommendations relating to safe operations on commercial fishing vessels to the Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security. Members serve three year terms and six seats will be up in May, 2016, including four commercial fishing industry representatives, one general public, and one naval architect and marine engineer position. The deadline for applications is November 17, 2015. To apply send a resume and cover letter expressing interest in one of the six available seats by one of the following methods:
• By mail: Commandant (CG–CVC), Attn: Fishing Vessel Safety, U.S. Coast Guard Stop 7501, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr Ave. SE., Washington, DC 20593–7501.
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Petersburg...The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (department) announced the following updated information regarding the 2015/2016 Southeast Alaska personal use red king crab fishery outside of Section 11-A:
Seymour Canal, Gambier Bay, Pybus Bay, Peril Strait, Excursion Inlet, and Lynn Sisters will remain closed to personal use fishing.
Port Frederick and Holkham Bay, now managed as non-surveyed areas will reopen to personal use fishing effective 12:01 a.m., October 1, 2015.
All areas open to personal use red and blue king crab fishing outside of Sections 12-B, 15-B, and 15-C will continue to have a reduced daily bag and possession limit of one red or blue king crab as prescribed in regulation when the regionwide harvestable biomass of mature red and blue Read more...
Petersburg. . . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (department) announced today that the Southeast Alaska (Registration Area A) commercial red king crab fishery will not open during the 2015/2016 fishing season.
The Southeast Alaska Red King Crab Management Plan [5 AAC 34.113] directs the department to manage the Southeast Alaska red king crab fishery in accordance with the Alaska Board of Fisheries’ “Policy on King and Tanner Crab Resource Management”. The department shall close the fishery if the department’s estimate of available harvest is below the minimum threshold of 200,000 pounds of legal male red king crab. The estimate of available harvest, based on 2015 stock assessment survey results, is well below the minimum threshold.
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Sitka. . . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today the following information about the Southeast Alaska Purse Seine and Drift Gillnet Task Force meetings and the Southeast Regional Planning Team meeting.
The department holds annual meetings each year between fishery managers, researchers, aquaculture organizations, fishermen, gear group organizations, processing company representatives, and interested organizations to review the previous salmon season, to discuss topics of importance for management of the fisheries, and to plan for the following season. Task force meetings have rotated between communities to provide increased access and participation. At the request of participants, task force meetings will be held in conjunction with the Southeast Regional Planning Team (RPT) Read more...
Juneau. . . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today the following information concerning the commercial harvest of sea cucumbers in Southeast Alaska during the 2015/16 season:
The 2015/16 Southeast Alaska commercial sea cucumber dive fishery will open by emergency order at 8:00 a.m., Monday, October 5, 2015. Subsequent openings will be announced on a weekly basis until individual area’s guideline harvest levels have been reached or until March 31, 2016, whichever is earlier. A total of 1,439,900 pounds of sea cucumbers will be available for harvest this season.
Divers are reminded that during the week of Thanksgiving, the weekly schedule will change to a Sunday/Monday opening. This scheduled open period will be Sunday, November 22, and Monday, November 23, 2015.
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Sitka. . . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today, the following information regarding the Southeast Alaska commercial geoduck clam fishery.
The following areas will be open to the commercial harvesting of geoduck clams for live sale from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 9, Friday, September 11 and Sunday, September 13, 2015.
Symonds Bay (Subdistrict 113-31-002): will be open for a remaining harvest of 7,800 pounds of whole geoduck clams.
Biorka Channel and Legma Island Area (Subdistrict 113-31-003): will be open for a remaining harvest of 6,100 pounds of whole geoduck clams.
Taigud and Kolosh Islands Area (Subdistricts 113-31-004, 113-41-004): will be open for a remaining harvest of 1,900 pounds of whole geoduck clams.
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